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Ideas and Inspiration For Your Next Holiday

If you know where you want to spend your next holiday and what you want to be doing then you can search for your ideal retreat via our Advanced Search page. Maybe you fancy a last-minute break, so take a look at our Late Availability Offers with lots of great deals in the next eight weeks. Or for those who simply want some inspiration, take a look at our holiday ideas below and let us help you book your next holiday.

Dog friendly cottages

Dog walker on beach

There are over 7.3 million dog owners throughout the UK and an ever increasing number of places (including restaurants, pubs and beaches) that are dog friendly. There are miles of footpaths and byways to explore through rolling countryside or along the coastline and who better to take with you than your four-legged friend! Taking your dog on holiday in the UK could not be easier with a wide range of holiday cottages and self-catering accommodation offering dog-friendly facilities, including enclosed gardens, direct footpath access, local information regarding dog-friendly attractions and even doggie treats!

Whether you have just one or a number of dogs, searching for a dog-friendly retreat couldn't be easier. For some tips and information to help you plan your holiday with your dog in the UK, visit our blog.

Properties with hot tubs

hot tub

People are often looking for a little something special when booking a holiday or break away and what could be a better way of relaxing than bubbling in a hot tub. Not only ideal for couples wanting a romantic break, hot tubs are also very popular with families and groups of friends and can make a holiday special at any time of the year. With over 100 holiday cottages with a hot tub to choose from throughout the UK, why not treat yourself and enjoy a truly relaxing break or holiday.

Self-Catering with a swimming pool

Our selection of holiday homes with swimming pools can provide hours of endless fun and enjoyment for not only the children but also the adults! We have a good range of self-catering accommodation offering indoor and outdoor swimming pools, with either private or shared use. Perhaps you're looking for a cottage with its very own swimming pool set in the grounds where you can enjoy lazy sunny days relaxing by the pool or an early morning dip before setting off on your day's adventures. Alternatively, you may be looking for an indoor pool to keep the children amused (a particular favourite for a rainy day! ). With over 100 holiday homes with a swimming pool, to choose from , you are sure to find your perfect retreat.

Near a beach

The UK has over 11,000 miles of coastline and some of the best beaches in Europe, with most coastal regions of the UK having a diverse mixture of cliffs, rocks, sand and pebbles, so all tastes can be catered for. Whether you are planning a family beach holiday, want to experience life in a fishing village, fancy walking the coastal paths and seeing the wildlife or have the desire to simply relax by the sea, we have a great selection of holiday cottages and self catering accommodation with a beach nearby to choose from. Be sure to check with the owner which beaches are nearby, how accessible they are, restrictions and local conditions. Distant sea views can be just as appealing as being right on the sea front. Also consider that inland destinations can also be a good base from which to visit local beaches with the added benefit of returning home to a peaceful retreat of an evening.

Water lovers needn't be confined to just the beach either; we have over 200 Waterside properties next to lakes, rivers and lochs too.

Romantic cottages

Cottages for couples

If you want to get away for a few nights of romance, consider booking one of our cosy, romantic cottages for two. With lots of space to relax and plenty of privacy, it's the perfect choice for couples. Enjoy lazy breakfasts in your pyjamas, romantic candlelit suppers in front of the fire or star gazing in a bubbling hot tub.

Whatever your passion, be it a log cabin in the woods in which to tuck yourself away or a fisherman's cottage for windswept walks along the beach, we have a great choice of romantic retreats just perfect for two.

Big cottages for large groups

Planning a holiday for a large group? We have a huge choice of over 200 big holiday homes that can accommodate eight or more guests. Whether you're looking for a 'no-frills' base for an activity weekend away with your mates or a venue for celebrating a special occasion such as a birthday or hen night, we have a great choice of large properties to rent in every corner of the UK. Entertaining at home can be daunting. It's not always practical to have friends or family stay for a few days without uncomfortable make-shift beds and extra sets of linen. But by booking a large holiday home you can socialise in comfort, spread the work and share the costs. Consider the option of a few nights of luxury; you'll be surprised how affordable it is when the cost is split between a large group; or search for two or three cottages at one location where you can get away with friends whilst enjoying the personal space and privacy of your own cottage. Whether you're planning ahead or just fancy a last minute getaway, we have a large property just waiting to welcome you and your party.

Luxury and 5 Star cottages

Are you looking for a luxury retreat that offers that little something special to enjoy a romantic break, celebrate an occasion in style or perhaps you appreciate a higher level of attention to detail and comfort while you are on holiday? We have a large selection of luxury and five star holiday cottages throughout the UK that all have something special to offer, from a fantastic setting to a hot tub where you can relax and unwind at the end of the day. Maybe you're looking for a stylish contemporary barn conversation, spa and fitness facilities or a waterside apartment with sea views - whatever your desire, we have over 150 luxury and five star holiday cottages to choose from.

On-site fishing

Fishing remains one of the most popular pastimes in the UK. Obviously, for sea fishing on the doorstep, look at our selection of cottages near a beach. However coarse fisherman and those adept with a fly, might like to look at cottages with fishing facilities onsite (or at least very close by). Speak to the owner in order to get the best local knowledge; such as tips on bait, the most productive spots and licenses/restrictions.

Holidays for horse lovers

Are you one of the UK's 4 million horse riders? If so why not consider looking for a cottage that's near to a riding school and explore your holiday destination by horseback? If you fancy a one-to-one lesson, or perhaps just hacking out with friends or family, we have over 700 properties which have horse riding or stabling nearby. We also have properties with onsite stabling / livery / grazing so why not take your horse away with you to explore a different part of the UK?

On-site tennis facilities

Tennis is a game that the whole family can enjoy so just make sure you pack your rackets and plenty of spare tennis balls! We have a great selection of cottages with a tennis court across the UK, some to championship standard and others more suited to a friendly casual game. Many have shared access but some cottages also have a private tennis court for guests' exclusive use.

Whether you're a Wimbledon champion in the making or simply fancy trying your hand at the game, a holiday is the perfect time to practise your serve!

Near a pub

British Pub

Whether it's a cold beer after a long walk on a summers day or a glass of red wine by the fire on a chilly night, the British pub is the focus on many a holiday and a big part of British life. With over 53, 500 public houses in the UK, there is sure to be one to suit all tastes, whether you are looking for a meal out at a gastro pub or simply want to sample a good local pint of ale. Many people want to completely relax and escape 'domestic duties' while away on holiday and what could be nicer, than strolling to the local pub or restaurant after a fun packed day. If you would like to look for a holiday cottage or self-catering accommodation near a pub (or restaurant), then take a look at our large selection.

Near a golf course

Whether you are a seasoned professional or an occasional 'hacker', take your clubs away on holiday with you and enjoy a leisurely round or two. You may be looking for a golf break or simply want to escape for an hour or two and enjoy a game of golf amongst new surroundings. Whatever your desire, we have a wide selection of holiday cottages and self catering accommodation near to a golf course, throughout the UK.

Cottages for families and kids

The family holiday is one of the most important events in the household calendar. Regardless of whether it's just a few nights away or a full two week extravaganza, it requires considerable planning. Self-catering is a popular choice with families given the level of flexibility and space it provides. Many properties accept children but just to be sure, we've put together a collection of child-friendly cottages where your little ones are guaranteed a warm welcome. You may also want to consider our holiday homes with on-site activities to keep the kids amused such as nature trails, games rooms and outdoor play areas. For those wanting to introduce the family to a taste of country life, take a look at our farm holidays where you can enjoy country walks, an abundance of fresh air and the opportunity to experience firsthand the fun on the farm. Family holidays are such an important time, so make your children's dreams come true and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Holiday homes with bike storage

The essence of a family holiday is taking time out together to do things that you don't normally have time to do at home. What greater activity is there than taking a family bike ride to explore new places, picnic sites and pub s ? The UK offers miles of cycle routes providing free entertainment both on and off-road, from leafy country lanes to spine tingling downhill trails for the bravest of mountain bikers. Whether you take your own bike away with you or hire one locally , you don't want to keep it out in all elements strapped to the back of the car all holiday, so take a look at our cottages with bike storage.